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  • Former councilman, ‘Castro,’ dies

    Arthur  “Castro” Vigil, a former city councilor who battled cancer and other health issues over the last few years,  has died. He was 69.

    Vigil died Monday of natural causes, said his son, Glenn. Though his cancer had gone into remission, it returned, and he was undergoing treatments. His son said Vigil also suffered from diabetes.

    Vigil served on the Las Vegas City Council for 12 years, though not consecutively. He was first elected in 1986. He lost his bid for a fourth council term in 2006 to Morris Madrid.

  • Fiesta Preparations - Cordova won’t perform this year

    Award-winning performer Darren Cordova and his group have been a staple of the Las Vegas Fiestas for years, but he won’t be performing at this year’s event.

  • Straight-ticket voting ends in NM

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A fixture on ballots for decades, the option to vote a straight party ticket is disappearing in New Mexico and won’t be available when people head to the polls in November.

  • Looking Back - June 20, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, June 17 — Loretto graduation will occur tonight. Exercises will be held in the school on the west side. Tonight at 5 o'clock will occur the annual graduation ceremonies of the Loretto Academy. An elegant program has been arranged in which the graduates and honor students will participate. Friends and patrons of the school are invited to be present. The valedictorian will be Miss Regina Baca; the address will be delivered by the Rev. F. O'Conner.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 20, 2012

    Fort Union presentation is Thursday

    Fort Union National Monument monthly Glimpses of the Past Presentation “The Long Walk” will be at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. Join Ranger Ravis Henry from Canyon de Chelley for a look at how the military operated in the 19th century and its effect on Native American tribes.

  • Weather - June 20, 2012

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming east. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. South wind 10-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 10-15 mph.  A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.


  • Corrections - News - June 20, 2012

    Monday’s Optic featured a photo on Page 1 of a girl shooting an arrow during an event at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The cutline misidentified the youth. The correct name is Crystal Yardman.

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    A headline in Friday’s sports section also contained an error. The child rescued by a lifeguard had suffered a medical episode but was not drowning.

  • Baby dies after DUI crash

    A pregnant woman who was a passenger in a sports utility vehicle headed southbound on Interstate 25 last Sunday was injured when a repeat drunk driver pulled in front of the SUV, causing a crash, according to state police.

  • Ready, Aim ...
  • LV hosting county officials

    County officials from throughout the state are gathering in Las Vegas this week for the 76th annual New Mexico Association of County’s Conference.

    More than 600 county elected officials, administrators and staff from 33 counties throughout New Mexico are scheduled to attend. The event, which is being hosted by San Miguel County and the city of Las Vegas, will generate an estimated $2 million for the local economy, according to San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya, who is serving as New Mexico Association of Counties conference chairman.